Graduating from Raheja School of Art, Mumbai in 2009, Yogesh has been recognised with well over a dozen awards, and recently had his first solo show at the Pradarshak Art Gallery in Mumbai.
His work is dominated by an acute understanding of space and form. In Yogesh’s current work, shown here, he explores the mental, physical and emotional planes of unification between the sexes.
The paintings are cleverly camouflaged – only revealing their subjects on closer inspection. Together with his use of intense colour and characteristic line-oriented approach, he somehow manages to create both a subtlety and boldness in his subjects.
Talking about his approach, Yogesh explains:
‘I start activating my space drawing directly onto the canvas – human bodies merged, submerged and camouflaged in each other. I then start applying oil paint, thinly at first to develop the colours, composition and harmony – this is more about the space coming to life, rather than individual forms. It’s an instinctive and direct dialogue, rather than the execution of a plan or ideas of ‘colour theory’. Gradually, I evolve the space with thick layering of paints to create texture and a sense of surface. I want the subjects in my works to be a beginning, not an absolute for my work to define.’
When asked about his influencers, Yogesh says it’s a tough question as there’s not been a single constant force. ‘It has come in stages with my thinking,’ he says. ‘For example, Ram Kumar, G. R. Santosh, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock have, in different ways, all helped me push my limitations.'
Yogesh lives and works in Mumbai.